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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona October 28th 2014

Blog for 21st After spending the rest of the afternoon exploring the old city and snoozing the warm Spanish sun, I headed back to the hostel to make Benji look presentable. First of all I had to take all the accessories off him, they were undoubtedly not worth keeping or trying to sell on. They had limped over the line into Pamplona. So after removing the rack, which ended up in about 5 different pieces, and the panniers, which were also starting to disintegrate, I made the long slow march to the Cash Converters. I had one last little ride on him for old times’ sake, a melancholic experience. The slow goodbye was only exasperated by the fact that I was waiting in the storefront side of the business. After waiting to be served for an ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona October 26th 2014

Woke up at the crack of dawn clocks went back last night, with modern technology all our gadgets reset themselves...or did they...? So basically had no idea what the time was, had to text Karen to confirm! It was 8am but by that time I was wide awake and ready to get going, dragged Alex up got showered, sat on the suitcases again to sqeeze them closed and headed out to get a cab to the port. As the cab turned into the port the imposing sight of the magnificent Norwegian Epic rose into view, 15 decks high, 350 metres long, passnger capacity of 4,300, crew of 1,700, the third largest cruise ship in the world. Now on our last cruise from port of Miami everything was super swish and efficient, I guess I should have ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona October 25th 2014

We couldnt visit the home of one of the most famous football clubs in the world and not visit the stadium. Up and out, early doors, bought tickets for the open top bus tour, seemed the best way to see some sights and get a ride to Barcelona FC's Camp Nou. With hindsight a taxi would have been quicker as the bus took the longest route round and when we later Wanted to do some more sightseeing we had to jump on another bus which took another long route to where we wanted to go. The Camp Nou was amazing, a feast of footballing fabulousness! The trophy cabinet put and Premier League club to shame and even as a dIehard Man Utd fan I bowed to the greatness that os FC Barcelona. After the museum tour ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona October 25th 2014

Saturday 25th October 2014 BARCELONA The train journey from our home in Alicante to Barcelona, about five hundred kilometres north, was as good as expected. Train travel in Spain is exceptionally good, with reserved seats for everyone (no standing) in clean carriages running on modern smooth track. The cleaners travel on the train so the loos stay clean to the end of the line. Our son and daughter-in-law, Nick and Mam, picked us up from home and took us to Alicante train station. The sun shone all the way. Yesterday we had our last dips in the pool at home, took our dog, Mutley to their house for his holidays and went out for a Chinese meal. We still haven’t got it fully into our joint consciousness that the next time we see our home will ... read more
Alicante Station

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona October 24th 2014

Yipeee! At last, the time has come, after a busy working year, thankfully a positive and profitable one with the help of our hard-working team, we survived another long hot summer and are packed ad ready to go. When I say packed, I actually mean, packed, weighed, unpacked, repacked, weighed, shuffle between cases, repack, reweigh, argue, stress, unpack and finally lock the suitcase. Oh and then do the same with the carry-on baggage. Due to flight timings and the cruise departing on a Sunday we had to fly to Barcelona on the Friday, giving us two days to enjoy the city, result! A short and very civilised flight from Almeria to Barcelona, checked into our cute little Pension, in a great location, close to the port, next to La Rambla and just around the corner from ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona October 22nd 2014

We are getting ready to leave Catalonia so it was something of a novelty to travel into Barcelona three times in less than a fortnight! The first time was to see a group of friends who were visiting from Wales. We were members of the "South Wales Travelbugs" at their formation ten years ago but shortly afterwards we left to go travelling. We still keep in touch and meet up whenever we can. We went to visit Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia which we had seen from the outside many times. Inside it is amazing with colours not normally seen inside a church. The use of stained glass is wonderful and it's certainly a quirky cathedral in many, many ways. We paid extra to go in a lift up the Nativity Tower. At ... read more
View from Sagrada Familia
Parc de la Ciutadella
Parc Horta Hedge Maze

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona October 9th 2014

The Paris airport is so... Paris. Or at least what I would imagine Paris would be like. Instead of stands with packaged sandwiches, they had cute treats of some sort in a variety of pastel colors and little cafés and espresso bars that were a few stairs down in a cozy little boxed in area. Not cramped quarters, unpleasant cozy... Unless you're an American and accustomed to your space... then you may feel like your territory is being invaded. It's amazing how much space we have. Sit on an airplane next to two non-American strangers and they share the armrest, not minding their arms are touching. Sit on an airplane next to two American strangers and either you'll find one a-hole that feels entitled to the entire thing or two folks that keep their arm to ... read more
View from the Plane
Hostel
The Old Fashion - bar

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona September 24th 2014

Barcelona was by far our favourite city so far! We loved the people, food, language, architecture, shopping, atmosphere - everything!! Went all out Spanish on our first night - tapas, sangria and paella. Our eyes were bigger than our stomachs (again) and we were unable to finish everything. Back to the hotel for a bit of an early night, to ready ourselves for a day of site-seeing. There were 3 English speaking channels on our television, all running 24 hour news :( So we ended up watching Italy's version of The Amazing Race - was actually quite enjoyable even thought we didn't understand anything they were saying. Breaky at the hotel then straight on the metro for our first visit, to Park Güell. (One of many sites in Barcelona exhibiting work by the famous Spanish architect ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona September 24th 2014

Photos from our visit to the Park Güell and La Catedral in Barcelona.... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona September 23rd 2014

For our last day in Paris we got to enjoy a rare sleep in. Checked out and found some handy lockers at the hostel to store our backpacks - no way we were lugging those around all day!! Made our way over to look at the Arc de Triomphe, which just happened to be in one of Paris' beautiful shopping districts. Bought ourselves some clothes and found a place that had crepes for lunch - yum!! Dropped our shopping back at the hostel, then out again to see Sacre Coeur - few doggy characters hanging around so we didn't stay long. Visited the Moulin Rouge area - lots of interesting places in that neighbourhood!! We were looking for somewhere to buy cigarettes and Georgia pointed out a nearby supermarket - thankfully we realised it was an ... read more
Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe




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